Epidemics Archives | Andersen Lab

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New NIAID-funded center established

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the urgent need to protect the world from microbial threats, whenever and wherever they emerge. With a new $8.9 million grant, our lab is partnering with peers in the United States and West Africa, a region of the world where infectious diseases are a high burden on public health. (more…)
August 27, 2020

Narrative 2 | Cross-border virus transmission

English: To gain insights into the the emergence, spread, and transmission of COVID-19 in our community, we are working with a large number of partners to sequence SARS-CoV-2 samples from patients in San Diego and across the border in Tijuana. In this preliminary analysis we look at the how the outbreaks are connected between California, USA and Baja California, (more…)
July 31, 2020
Cell abstractPublications

Zika surveillance study in Cell

Our study investigating smoldering 'hidden' outbreaks of Zika in the Americas was published on the cover of Cell. In this paper we used travel surveillance and genomic epidemiology to answer a simple question - "in 2017, was the epidemic over?". The short answer, is no - read the rest of the study for the long answer. The Zika epidemic in…
August 23, 2019
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Hidden Zika outbreak

Summary: Using local and travel-associated case reporting from American and European public health systems, we identified an unreported Zika outbreak in Cuba during 2017. Virus sequencing from travelers revealed that the Zika outbreak in Cuba was sparked by multiple introductions of the virus from elsewhere in the Caribbean and Central America during 2016 that persisted into 2017. The recent Zika virus…
July 3, 2018
holmes nature commentaryPublications

Pandemics: Focus on surveillance

Over the past 15 years, outbreaks caused by viruses such as Ebola, SARS, and Zika have cost governments billions of US dollars. Combined with a perception among scientists, health workers and citizens that responses to outbreaks have been inadequate, this has fueled what seems like a compelling idea. Namely, that if researchers can identify the next pandemic virus before the…
June 11, 2018